Chinese BSc (Hons) (Joint Honours)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    4 Years
  • Course options
    Integrated International placement / study abroad, Beginner's language routes
  • UCAS code(s)
    Please see the Entry Requirements tab for UCAS codes for this course.
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels
  • BTEC extended diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects. Standard level Maths and English 5 required
  • Further requirements
    Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key dates

  • Apply deadline
    15th January
  • Start date

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Suitable for beginners - no previous study of Chinese required. Integrated placement in a Chinese-speaking country to boost your language skills and employability.

Course summary

Study Mandarin Chinese alongside history, international relations, sociology or politics to enhance your international employability. Suitable for complete beginners. No previous study of Chinese is required.

Unlike other universities where the focus is either on language or language and culture, our focus will be on language and business, which enhance your employability and meet employers’ needs. There is a clear appetite for Chinese from global businesses.

Our course provides dedicated modules to learn Mandarin characters. By the end of your degree, you will have developed a vocabulary of at least 1250 characters.

Entry requirements, fees and UCAS codes

Entry requirements

  • BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted. 
  • BBC in 3 A-Level subjects

  • BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

  • CCC  in 3 A-level subjects for our contextual offer scheme


  • 29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects

  • Standard level Maths and English 5 required. 


  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM

  • BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level.

Other qualifications

  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A-level grade B in French or equivalent.
  • We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad


UCAS Codes:

History and Mandarin – VT01

IR and Mandarin – LT01

Sociology and Mandarin – LT02

Politics and Mandarin – LT03

Typical Offers:
Whilst the grades listed above are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, no offer will be made lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSE grades), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via

View our Admissions Policy. 

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly studied qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2020/21: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

Single honours Chinese is not currently offered at Aston, so you can take the subject in combination with history, international relations, politics or sociology.


Year 1

In your first year you will cover Mandarin Chinese language skills and Mandarincharacters as well as an introduction to China.

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
Introduction to China
Mandarin Chinese Characters I

Year 2

Your second year builds on the foundations with further Mandarin Chineselanguage skills and Mandarin characters, while also exploring the internationalbusiness and markets of China.

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
International Business & Markets (Mandarin)
Mandarin Chinese Characters II

Placement year

Integrated year abroad. You will work or study in a Mandarin-speaking region.


Final year

Your final year completes your study of Mandarin Chinese language skillsand Mandarin characters, with further study of perspectives on internationalbusiness in China.

Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
Mandarin Chinese Characters III

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in Chinese, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a Mandarin speaking territory - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our Year Abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your Year Abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.


Recent language graduates have gone on to work in the following organisations:

  • Bloomberg LP
  • University of York
  • English First Chile
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Polyglot Translation Office and Language Services 
  • Apple Inc.
  • Foxtons
  • Barnardos
  • Teach First

Recent language graduates have gone on to the following roles:

  • Analyst
  • Associate for South Germany
  • EFL Teacher
  • French-Speaking International Sales Co-Ordinator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Language Teacher
  • Operations Support Analyst
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Translator
What's it like to study at Aston?

All the lecturers that I encountered at Aston were great. Since the very first day they always told us that if we had any doubts or needed further support in their module we could always e-mail them or come by their office. It was good to have this support when you felt lost in a module or not prepared for an exam.

Alina Fuhrmann
BSc Translation Studies, Spanish and German
What's it like to study at Aston?

My year abroad allowed me to learn about teaching careers and see how it differs in other countries. I also had the opportunity to lead my own classes which meant I had to plan, deliver and assess. This prepared me for the future and helped confirm my career path. Although I lived in such a small town in France, I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French.

Emily Downes
BSc French and Spanish

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